Ego Geometria Sum IX: High School

© The Estate of the Artist; Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London. Image credit: Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

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Helen Chadwick was known for challenging stereotypical perceptions of the body in elegant yet unconventional forms. In 'Ego Geometria Sum IX: High School', she used her own body to express her subjectivity in a physical and philosophical sense, appearing partially naked in the photographs on each surface of the sculpture. The volume of cube corresponds exactly to the artist’s size at thirteen years old, in order that she ‘could be contained within (it)’. The piece is a work from a larger project entitled 'Ego Geometria Sum'. Initially titled 'Growing Pains', the project charts the artist’s development from birth to the age of thirty through a collection of sculpture forms, referring to an object associated with a formative moment or event in Chadwick’s life.

Nottingham City Museums & Galleries



Ego Geometria Sum IX: High School




photographic emulsion on plywood


H 81 x W 71 x D 71.3 cm

Accession number

NCM 1990-502/(a)

Acquisition method

purchased from the artist, 1990

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